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Equine Tarsus Modules

Animation, Illustration, Interactive, Learning Module, Video
Following the success of the Equine Carpus Modules, Dr. Allison Miller enlisted the help of ESS, via the Curriculum Enhancement Grant program, to create another set of modules to address the equine tarsus. The resulting Equine Tarsus Modules consist of three online interactive learning modules that teach the basics of bony anatomy, soft tissues, and radiography of the tarsus. Students view a detailed three-dimensional tarsus, explainer videos, illustrations, and radiographs...

Tutor Training Videos

In problem-based learning, students work in small groups alongside a faculty facilitator, known as a tutor, to answer questions that serve as springboards for learning. To help students get the most out of the experience, tutors must skillfully balance providing the space for self-directed learning and keeping the group focused on material germane to the course. In this series, ESS asked seasoned tutors to share their expertise, compiling their advice...

Introduction to Clinical Dermatology Video Series and Case Completion Workshop

Active Learning, Interactive, Software, Video
Dermatology cases are one of the most common reasons owners bring their pets to the veterinarian. This video project created by ESS helps prepare students for common dermatology problems in the clinic by teaching them to work through a patient case step by step. It consists of two parts: a ten-part video series that demonstrates how to perform and interpret basic clinical dermatologic diagnostics, and an interactive computer-based exercise in...

Flipping the Clinical Skills Labs

Illustration, Learning Module, Video
Technical clinical skills are fundamental competencies for veterinarians. While curriculum at the College of Veterinary Medicine provides laboratory time to introduce core clinical skills, much of that in-person time is spent demonstrating. Therefore, ESS developed a series of self-guided flipped learning modules to provide students with more opportunities for hands-on practice and formative feedback. The modules use a combination of detailed instructional videos, medical illustrations, and online quizzes to cover...

Interactive Immunology Modules and Animations

Animation, Interactive, Learning Module
Immunology is a conceptually difficult topic taught to veterinary students in multiple courses. To help integrate and simplify content for students, ESS, in collaboration with immunology faculty at the College of Veterinary Medicine, created an interactive animation tool to be used in Foundation Course IV. The four-section module introduces students to basic immune anatomy, cell trafficking, and response to antigen. Using animations, interactive activities, and self-assessment checks, students learn to...

Illustrated tools for improving canine nictitans gland prolapse surgical repair skills

The surgical repair of a prolapsed nictitating membrane (NM) gland, also called cherry eye, is a common issue encountered in veterinary clinical practice. For successful surgery, constant repositioning of the NM gland is necessary, but the technique is difficult to conceptualize and understand. To help break down this complex process into easy-to-follow steps, ESS’s Medical Illustrator Allie Buck, in collaboration with CVM’s Dr. Eric Ledbetter, created a series of surgical...

Basic and Advanced Life Support Certification Courses

Online Course
The RECOVER Initiative created the first standardized, evidence-based CPR guidelines for animals. The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Dr. Dan Fletcher, co-chair of the RECOVER Initiative, wanted to help people all over the world learn these guidelines. Therefore, he teamed up with ESS to create two online courses following the RECOVER CPR algorithm: Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support. The Basic Life Support course provides students with a foundation of...

Dentistry Practical Skills Courses

Animation, Clinical Education, Illustration, Interactive, Online Course, Video
Dentistry is a growing trend in veterinary practice, and Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is committed to creating a series of continuing education courses to help clinicians review important skills and prepare for dental care in their practice. In collaboration with ESS, two of Cornell’s expert veterinary dentists, Drs. Nadine Fiani and Santiago Peralta, created a group of completely online courses using live-animal videos, animations, models, and interactive puzzles...

Fluid Learning: A Multi-Modal Approach to Teaching Fluid Therapy

Clinical Education, Interactive, Learning Module
Fluid therapy is a fundamental component of patient care in clinical veterinary medicine. To complement the largely didactic Fluid Therapy course material, ESS worked with CVM Drs. Isabel Jimenez and Caroline Yancey to create self-guided, interactive online modules to help students develop basic fluid therapy competency prior to participating in lectures, laboratories, and case discussions. Topics include the distribution of body water, calculation of fluid deficits, recognition of electrolyte imbalances...

Antimicrobial Stewardship: Building Competencies in Judicious Use to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance

Practicing antimicrobial stewardship requires an integrated understanding of microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, clinical medicine, and public health. Many veterinary colleges find it challenging to teach antimicrobial stewardship in a vertically integrated, outcomes-based manner due to the number of courses and faculty involved, as well as rapid changes in the scientific understanding of antimicrobial resistance and regulatory restrictions on antimicrobial use. To meet these challenges, ESS joined forces with a multi-institutional team...